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I am not the world’s biggest sports fan but my readers know I follow two teams very closely, the Atlanta Braves MLB team and the SEC Georgia Bulldogs. Prior to this week, the last time the Bulldogs were national champions Jimmy Carter was still in office. (Reagan had been elected but not inaugurated as of New Year’s Day 1981).

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Wait, what? We’re not saying that anymore? Lake Superior State University has released their annual list of the words and phrases most of us are tired of hearing and the rest of us need to drop. If Jimmy Humphrey were in fact to stop using at the end of the day the Jimmy’s Table podcast would drop from 30 minutes to only 10. While the list makes a humorous commentary on our culture at a given moment in time I do not recognize their authority in this matter. At the end of the day appeared on their list a decade ago and you may notice that people still say it. At best Lake Superior operates at an advisory capacity with no enforcement whatsoever.

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Betty White passes away just 18 days short of her 100th birthday. Fans flocked to Twitter to see if this was another hoax, which did happen in 2014. Lifetime had planned a Betty White Christmas movie but her declining health caused them to reconsider months ago. There was a movie about her life set to open on January 17th featuring White herself and an all-star cast. It is unclear whether that will go on as planned or perhaps be retooled as more of a tribute to the late star. A lot of people are making a big deal about how 2021 couldn’t just go in peace.

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“We glorify God for answered prayer — the remaining 12 hostages are FREE!” Christian Aid Ministries said in a statement. “All 17 of our loved ones are now safe.” The Haitian National Police confirmed to the Associated Press that all hostages have in fact been released. At one time the 400 Mowgazi Gang were demanding $1 million ransom for each hostage. We do not know if any ransom payments or other arrangements were made. Read the full story via Christian Index.

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Here’s a Christmas card that I like. Some Christians struggle with the idea of sending secular cards with Santa Claus, snowmen or winter scenes on them. The religious cards may have a nativity scene or wisemen following the star to Bethlehem but are wildly inaccurate based on a careful study of the text. Christmas Card Theology is a post from all the way back in 2009. Rethinking the Angel Choir and Rethinking the Wise Men are better written with scripture references included. Those posts are ancient by internet standards but we’re talking about the Bible here.

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There’s money in them there walls. If you haven’t come across this story yet, you will. It has just gone viral but the event actually happened back on November 10th. A plumber was removing a toilet at Lakewood Church in Houston and discovered several hundred envelopes filled with cash and checks inside the wall! Back in 2014 the church reported $600,000 had been stolen from their safe. If this is that money, the plumber wonders, why did the person who stashed it never come for it? Right now they have more question than answers. The truth is stranger than fiction.

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This is how I spend Black Friday. Well, it would be nice but truth be told I am pretty much no longer capable of sleeping in. I’m in bed most nights by 8:30 or 9 and up at 5 or 6 AM whether there is a reason to be or not. A few years ago we were at my brother’s house for Thanksgiving. The meal was over, things were winding down, people were starting to leave. He knew that our coffee maker had gone out and I would be looking for one. He showed me the Walmart Black Friday circular, which had new items coming out onto the floor in phases. The sale actually started that evening, Thursday at 6 PM, at which time I could get a Black & Decker drip coffee maker with automatic timer for the low price of $11. I fell for it. My first clue was that no parking spaces were available. Before 6 every space was filled and cars were parked at the fuel center, on the sidewalks, on the grass… I didn’t even know our local Walmart had any grass until that moment. I got in and found my item in about 15 minutes. It then took another 1 hr. 45 min. to check out. EVERY… REGISTER… WAS… OPEN… but a sea of moving people looked more like boats unloading at Ellis Island in the 1920’s than the Walmart checkout lines I was used to. Never again my friends, never again. There is nothing in there I need or want that badly.

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Ghostbusters: Afterlife is the first movie I’ve gone to see in a theater since the end of summer 2019. I have waited a long time for this. Originally scheduled for a summer 2020 release, the date was pushed back at least twice. I was not disappointed. In the information age where things are leaked, often deliberately from someone inside, they did manage to keep a few things secret and surprise us on opening day. I will not spoil it and if you think it looks good in the trailers but can’t quite tell yes, it’s everything you hope it will be and then some. The movie is rated PG-13 so for the sake of family Christian heads up you might want to find the small children a sitter. There is less sexual innuendo than the original movie but they allow more salty language in everything than they used to.

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Herschel Walker at Buc-ee’s in Calhoun. This was Sunday morning around 9:30 AM so I know for certain I was already at church. I start a lot of mornings at Buc-ee’s but the simple fact is that I am terrible at recognizing people. If he had spoken to me I would given him a half nod, said “Hey hey” and kept walking. When I’m out in public I rely on the people I know recognizing me and saying something. Sometimes I carry on a conversation and walk away still not knowing who I was just talking to. So that is probably why I have zero celebrity sightings to my credit. I do good to spot friends and family members.

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